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Women's Hockey Wednesday: Week of International Development

The highlights from the IIHF U18 High Performance Development Camp show the future of women's hockey is bright!

Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Wakefield Leading Bauer Journey to Gold Hockey Camp
We talk to Olympic goal medalist Jennifer Wakefield about the Bauer Journey to Gold girls hockey camp, taking place July 18 to 22 in Clarington, Ont.


Natalie Spooner on Champions Fund, $100,000 in grants to Canadian female athletes
"The difference between men's sports and women's sports, looking at it, you don't get the same coverage, the same compensation,"

Les Canadiennes season review continues at Eyes on the Prize:
Katia Clement-Heydra
Cathy Chartrand
Emmanuelle Blais
Lauriane Rougeau

Boston Blades Announce Locations for 2016/17 Home Games - Stanley Cup of Chowder
BU, UMass Boston to be the primary venues.


Riveters: Wiseman Going with New Blood - Blueshirt Banter
So many rookies! ...none of whom were drafted in 2015 by Dani Rylan.

The NWHL is looking for interns for the 2016-17 season: NWHL Intern Program

Elaine Shircliff is doing a team-by-team overview of the 2016 draft picks:
Meet the 2016 Riveters Draftees
Meet the 2016 Connecticut Whale Draftees
Meet the 2016 Buffalo Beauts Draftees

Riveters Seek To Keep Their Physical Identity - TSS
Chad Wiseman has been the busiest general manager in the NWHL this offseason.

Insider on the Re-Signing Period - From The Rafter - Stanley Cup of Chowder
"It seems that as our sport is changing and evolving, it's creating an opportunity for me to grow too." - Tatiana Rafter

Jordan Brickner Returns to Connecticut Whale | NWHL
The Connecticut Whale have returned defenseman Jordan Brickner for the NWHL's second season. Brickner signed a one-year, $17,500 contract.

Lauren Slebodnick Re-Signs With Boston Pride - TSS
Lauren Slebodnick, a goaltender who was sidelined for much of the 2015-16 season with an upper-body injury, has re-signed with the Boston Pride.


Game reports for game one and  game two of Great Britain vs Slovakia as part of their training leading up to Olympic qualifications.

Coaching staffs named for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team
Canadiennes forward Noémie Marin named as head coach for the NWDT.

U18 Highlights

The IIHF put together a website of articles about the recent High Performance Camp for U18 female players and support staff that included off-ice fitness, nutrition and developing the game.

Looking for the stars
During the 2016 IIHF Women’s High-Performance Camp some of the top nations sent participants to the Yearly Training Plan program to work on improving their women’s hockey programs and look for measures how to move forward.

Fry bolsters up
It was a happy and emotional week for former American Olympian Lyndsey Fry. One that deeply touched her as she was able to share her passion for the game, her experiences and emotions with the future of women’s hockey from 16 countries as one of the athlete mentors and with the other women and men who came to Vierumaki to grow the game.

Taste of Olympics for Korea
At the 2016 IIHF Women’s High-Performance Camp members of the Korean women’s national team got sort of a first taste of the Olympics as they participated in mixed teams with players, coaches and staff from the top-15 women’s hockey nations.

International Leagues

Northeastern Huskies - Tori Hickel inks pro contract with Djurgårdens IF
Northeastern women's hockey alumna Tori Hickel signed a pro contract with Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) on Thursday, as announced by the club.